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This can be a unique consultant on tips on how to learn WTO Schedules of Commitments for items and prone. The Schedules are a part of the felony Texts of the WTO Uruguay around Agreements. They include approximately 27,000 pages of particular commitments through 153 participants of the WTO on marketplace entry stipulations for his or her markets. realizing find out how to interpret the Schedules is key for a person wishing to glean details for tutorial, authentic, or company reasons. Commissioned and reviewed via the WTO Secretariat, it is a exact advisor to knowing the Schedules.
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Extra resources for A Handbook on Reading WTO Goods and Services Schedules
At all levels of the classification hierarchy down to the six-digit level, these descriptions are harmonized among WTO members. Below that level, descriptions of specific products may vary. In an attempt to reduce the variation, and thereby to make Schedules more comparable and concessions easier to negotiate, the WTO Secretariat has undertaken to provide members with ‘electronic files’ of their national WTO Schedules before the final negotiation on the Schedules begins in the Doha Development Round.
Sectoral Description The first column of a Schedule lists the sectors or sub-sectors in which commitments are undertaken. Accurate sector descriptions are very important in order to avoid unintended policy bindings. GNS/W/120) which was developed by the then GATT Secretariat in the early 1990s for Scheduling purposes. The List contains twelve broad services sectors as follows: (1) Business; (2) Communication; (3) Construction and Engineering; (4) Distribution; (5) Education; (6) Environment; (7) Financial; (8) Health; (9) Tourism and Travel; (10) Recreation, Cultural and Sporting; (11) Transport; and (12) ‘Other’.
Governments that rely on the customs barrier as a principal point of revenue collection are the most likely to add charges on top of import duties. Exception categories – Fees and charges that do not need to be included in this column are: The alphanumeric codes are those used in the WTO Integrated Database (IDB). 28 The goods Schedules (i) Customs service fees complying with GATT Article VIII (see the Glossary). (ii) Anti-dumping duties applied in conformity with Article VI. (iii) A ‘charge equivalent to an internal tax imposed, consistently with the provisions of paragraph 2 of Article III, on like domestic products or on a good from which the imported product has been manufactured or produced in whole or in part’ (Article II:2(a)).